Again, Gunmen storm Niger community, kill five, abduct 50


Gunmen, numbering about 100 on Thursday night, stormed Kuchi community in Munya Local Government area of Niger State and abducted about 50 people after killing five of the villagers.

The gunmen who invaded the community at about 1:00am went from one house to another, waking up their victims, which include women and children before leading them into the bush through cattle roots.

This latest attack came barely five days after some gunmen attempted to invade a military camp in s Sarkin Pawa, the headquarters of the local government but were repelled by soldiers who killed scores of them.

According to a source close to Sarkin Pawa, the gunmen and their victims were currently stranded at Kuchi River bank as the water was said to have risen to a level they could not cross due to the heavy downpour through the night. The gunmen, it was gathered successfully crossed the river to the community but after their operation which lasted all through the night and inside the rain, returned only to meet the water level unbearable to cross.

Kuchi, a railway town in Munya Local Government, remained one of the most tormented communities in the area by gunmen, forcing the people to relocate.

The plight of this predominant farming community was however compounded when security agents code named special hunters withdrew their services after an attack on their camp in Galkogo, Shiroro Local Government, during which eight of them and seven local vigilantes were killed

There has been no statement from either the state government or the state police command on the latest attack at the time of filing this report.

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